Alverstoke Church of England Junior School




Mental Health and Well-being

It is important to us that children, families and staff are all supported with their mental health and well-being. Healthy bodies + healthy minds = happy people.

In school, we have two Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs) - Miss Adele Earle and Mr Steve Barnes.

They offer targeted support for pupils either on a 1:1 basis or through small group work.

Mrs Harrowsmith (SENCo) and Mrs Slowther (HT) have also both completed the Mental Health First Aid course.

We are not mental health professionals but we can support your child in school and signpost to additional agencies where that may be appropriate.

If you are concerned about your child's mental health and wellbeing, in addition to the support we can provide in school, there are a number of outside agencies that may be able to support and guide you.

Hampshire CAMHS website has support for parents on everything from anxiety to trauma with a variety of leaflets and self-help workbooks available.

Young Minds has a parent helpline and a variety of resources available.

Hampshire Youth Access provide counselling in the local area to children and young people.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has a variety of resources available.

There are a few books that may be useful to use with your child if they are particularly anxious:

  • Overcoming your child's Fears and Worries: A Self-help Guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques by Cathy Cresswell and Lucy Willetts
  • Starving the Anxiety Gremlin: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Anxiety Management for Young People by Kate Collins-Donnelly (targeted at older children and teenagers)
  • Starving the Anxiety Gremlin for Children aged 5-9: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Anxiety Management by Kate Collins-Donnelly

We are also able to signpost for support around bereavement and grief. Please contact the school if your child requires support in this area. 

We acknowledge that it can be tough being a parent (and an adult!) and sometimes you may need help and support as well. Sometimes we are able to offer suggestions to help or we may be able to signpost you to alternative services. Hampshire have recently created a document which lists a range of different services available to adults / parents.

In addition, NHS Solent have recently created a Family Wellbeing Pack for Covid 19 which can be accessed at:

We are currently in the process of writing a Mental Health and Wellbeing policy. This will be added to this page in due course.